Liberty soccer wins KingCo title

May 7, 2013

NEW — 11:50 a.m. May 7, 2013

The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue.

 

Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

UPDATED: The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue. Read more

Liberty Lacrosse Club forms new Eastside youth program

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar LacrosseClubLHS 20130424 Max Batali (20), Liberty freshman defender, and Wyatt Johnson (14), junior defender, go after the ball against Tahoma attacker Blake Lucky (left) and midfielder Dakoda Barger in a lacrosse match April 24 at Maywood Middle School.

By Greg Farrar
Max Batali (20), Liberty freshman defender, and Wyatt Johnson (14), junior defender, go after the ball against Tahoma attacker Blake Lucky (left) and midfielder Dakoda Barger in a lacrosse match April 24 at Maywood Middle School.

The Liberty Lacrosse Club has garnered enough interest to expand its program to include players younger than high school on the Eastside. Read more

Hazen soccer clinches Seamount League championship

May 1, 2013

Contributed The Hazen High School soccer team poses for a group shot after it clinched the Seamount League championship with a 1-0 victory against Kennedy Catholic on April 26.

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The Hazen High School soccer team poses for a group shot after it clinched the Seamount League championship with a 1-0 victory against Kennedy Catholic on April 26.

After about 75 minutes of scoreless play in the Hazen High School soccer team’s April 26 contest against Kennedy Catholic, senior Devin Sando was sitting on the bench with a bloody nose. Just a few spots next to him sat freshman Reyes Garcia, on the sidelines because of a yellow card. Read more

Hoo-ray for Hazen

April 4, 2013

Drill team wins repeat state title

Contributed The Hazen High School drill team poses with its state championship trophies at the Yakima SunDome March 22. Hazen placed first in 3A pom and second in 3A military.

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The Hazen High School drill team poses with its state championship trophies at the Yakima SunDome March 22. Hazen placed first in 3A pom and second in 3A military.

Hazen High School is home to a burgeoning dynasty, even if its leader, drill team coach Kristin Sargent, may be too humble to admit it.

That’s what it’s called when a team wins back-to-back state championships and has placed at the state competition every year since 2008.

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Liberty rugby player represents the USA

April 4, 2013

Ian Wright has Olympic dreams

Liberty rugby player Ian Wright is used to donning the blue-and-green uniform of the Liberty Rugby Football Club.

The Liberty High School senior temporarily traded in the Patriots’ colors, though, for the familiar red, white and blue of USA Rugby, when he represented the country at an international competition in February.

Contributed Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans. Only 24 athletes were chosen to fill two teams that competed at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament, going up against squads from Canada.

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Patriots unsatisfied with 3-1 win over Thunderbirds

April 4, 2013

If the Liberty High School scoreboard was functioning during the softball team’s matchup against Sammamish, it would have shown a 3-1 victory for the Patriots.

The March 28 win against the Totems didn’t feel like much of an achievement for the Liberty coaches and players, though.

By Greg Farrar Miranda Bukantz, Liberty High School catcher, grins as she prepares to put out Haley Newton, of Sammamish, on a double play, to retire the side March 28 during the third inning of the Patriots’ 3-1 win over the Totems.

By Greg Farrar
Miranda Bukantz, Liberty High School catcher, grins as she prepares to put out Haley Newton, of Sammamish, on a double play, to retire the side March 28 during the third inning of the Patriots’ 3-1 win over the Totems.

“We won, but we really didn’t win,” first-year Liberty coach Zach Bartholomew said. “Mentally, it was a disaster and to play in this league, you’ve got to be better than that.”

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Liberty, Hazen swimmers leave their mark at state

February 28, 2013

By Greg Farrar Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, cuts through the pool, en route to repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

By Greg Farrar
Raymond Ha, Liberty High School senior, cuts through the pool, en route to repeating as 3A state champion in the 100-yard breaststroke Feb. 16 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

As Liberty High School senior Raymond Ha approached the starting block to swim in the final 100 breaststroke race of his high school career, the sounds of Justin Bieber’s “Beauty and a Beat” blasted from the King County Aquatic Center’s speakers.

The participant with the top-qualifying time in each event gets to choose which song is played as the swimmers walk onto the pool deck to compete in the final race. Surprisingly, Bieber was Ha’s artist of choice.

“I like to do it to psych people out, to get them off their serious edge, so I get an advantage,” he said of the song selection.

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Patriots’ wrestlers leave state battered, but better

February 28, 2013

Hazen sends three grapplers, down from eight last year

By Greg Farrar Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore, complete with nosebleed, is declared the 10-5 winner over Centralia’s Jenna Gillaspie in her first-round, 137-pound bout during the state 3A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore, complete with nosebleed, is declared the 10-5 winner over Centralia’s Jenna Gillaspie in her first-round, 137-pound bout during the state 3A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.

 

Her face was caked in sweat, her shoulders had mat burns and her nostrils were leaking red. And yet, Joanna Moreira could not stop smiling.

The Liberty High School wrestler had just defeated Angelica Vaschenko, from Franklin Pierce High School, in the second round of consolation at the state tourney in Tacoma. The win, a 12-8 tussle of wills, assured that the 137-pound Patriot from São Paulo, Brazil, would finish better at state than in 2012.

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Hazen, Liberty athletes officially sign with colleges

February 28, 2013

A handful of Hazen High School seniors will officially take their athletic talents to the collegiate level, after six students gathered for a special signing day ceremony in the school’s activities room Feb. 6.

Hazen athletes Zach Cable, Dee Dee Green and Cody Moorhead signed letters of intent to play for Division I schools, while Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly and David Hughes made commitments to play for Division III schools.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School athletes (from left) Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly, Dee Dee Green, Zach Cable, Cody Moorhead and David Hughes made their college decisions official on Feb. 6.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School athletes (from left) Sam Bunnell, Drew Kelly, Dee Dee Green, Zach Cable, Cody Moorhead and David Hughes made their college decisions official on Feb. 6.

Zach Cable, an all-league linebacker for the Hazen football team, will attend the University of Idaho. The linebacker follows in the footsteps of his father, Tom Cable, who played and coached at the school.

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